Cocoa shells may help prevent obesity-induced insulin resistance
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Cocoa shells may help prevent obesity-induced insulin resistance

Obesity alters cells in ways that can lead to long-term health problems. Examples of obesity-induced cell changes include inflammation and damage to metabolic functions, such as the ability…

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Could processed foods explain why autism is on the rise?
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Could processed foods explain why autism is on the rise?

For the first time, scientists have found a molecular connection between a common food preservative, neuronal disruption, and autism spectrum disorder. The findings suggest that there may be…

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First-of-its-kind robotic arm works without brain implant
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First-of-its-kind robotic arm works without brain implant

The first experiments by scientists, using a noninvasive, high-fidelity interface to control a robotic arm, have been successful. In the future, the researchers aim to perfect the technology…

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People with fibromyalgia have different gut bacteria
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People with fibromyalgia have different gut bacteria

A study that compared women with and without fibromyalgia has, for the first time, linked gut bacteria to the long-lasting disease and its main symptoms.Researchers examined the gut…

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Vagus nerve stimulation may reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
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Vagus nerve stimulation may reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Electrostimulation of the vagus nerve may be key to reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, according to findings that scientists presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology…

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How calcium in coronary arteries can predict future heart health
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How calcium in coronary arteries can predict future heart health

According to one new study, having high levels of calcium in the coronary arteries could be responsible for detrimental changes to the structure of the heart.A new study…

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Hypertension treatment may slow down Alzheimer’s progression
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Hypertension treatment may slow down Alzheimer’s progression

Researchers have found that nilvadipine, a drug that doctors regularly use to treat hypertension, may help people with Alzheimer's disease by increasing blood flow to the brain. New…

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Researchers find protein that might prevent, reverse diabetes
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Researchers find protein that might prevent, reverse diabetes

A recent study finds that targeting a specific protein within the fat cells of mice reverses type 2 diabetes. The results also show that the protein can prevent…

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Gut bacteria can alter how well a medication works
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Gut bacteria can alter how well a medication works

Recent research has revealed that gut microbes can alter how a medication works in our bodies, sometimes with undesirable — or even toxic — results.Our gut bacteria can…

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How strength training may help people with diabetes
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How strength training may help people with diabetes

Brazilian scientists conducted a study on mice and found that strength training can reduce liver fat and improve blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Strength training could…

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How I started intermittent fasting
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How I started intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting regimes are gaining traction as a way to manage weight and long-term health. This is how I got started.Watching the clock was part of my first…

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An 8-hour work week could be ideal for mental health
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An 8-hour work week could be ideal for mental health

How many paid hours per week does a person need to work to maintain good mental health? That is the question a new study aimed to answer, and…

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The glymphatic system: What is it and what does it do?
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The glymphatic system: What is it and what does it do?

In this Spotlight, we introduce the glymphatic system: the brain's dedicated waste clearance system. Now implicated in various conditions, it is high time that we became acquainted.Astroglia (illustrated…

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Study ties unhealthy gums to liver cancer risk
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Study ties unhealthy gums to liver cancer risk

A large study of people living in the United Kingdom found that those who reported having poor oral health, such as sore or bleeding gums or loose teeth,…

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Why do women face higher heart disease risk after breast cancer?
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Why do women face higher heart disease risk after breast cancer?

New research warns that, after completing breast cancer treatment, women aged 45 and over have a heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Women who have undergone breast cancer…

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Nutrition: Even identical twins respond differently to food
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Nutrition: Even identical twins respond differently to food

The largest ongoing study of its kind finds that people's responses to food vary depending on a wide variety of factors. The findings suggest that the future of…

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Colon cancer: Could yogurt prevent precancerous growths?
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Colon cancer: Could yogurt prevent precancerous growths?

New observational research indicates an association between a lower risk of precancerous growths (adenoma) in the bowel and yogurt consumption patterns — in men, at least.Men who eat…

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How vitamin D helps fight treatment-resistant cancer
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How vitamin D helps fight treatment-resistant cancer

The main cause of failure in chemotherapy treatments is that tumors develop resistance to anticancer drugs. Now, a new study reveals how vitamin D can help to overcome…

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Lyme disease: Why does joint pain persist?
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Lyme disease: Why does joint pain persist?

Researchers have found clues that might lead to a treatment for Lyme arthritis. The secret may lie in the walls of the bacterium that causes the condition.Ticks are…

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Are dogs better at detecting cancer ‘than advanced technology?’
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Are dogs better at detecting cancer ‘than advanced technology?’

Because dogs have an extremely sensitive sense of smell, researchers are increasingly interested in finding out whether they can detect disease. One new study working with beagles has…

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Atrial fibrillation may raise dementia risk by 50%
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Atrial fibrillation may raise dementia risk by 50%

A large study concludes that atrial fibrillation does, indeed, raise the risk of dementia even in people who did not have a stroke and that anticoagulants may reduce…

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